Grant ID RP160776
Awarded On May 18, 2016
Title Rapid Molecular Diagnosis of Lung Cancer Biopsies by Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism High Impact/High Risk
Institution/Organization The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator/Program Director Livia Schiavinato Eberlin
Cancer Sites Lung and Bronchus
Contracted Amount $200,000
Lay Summary

Evaluation of biopsy material from a suspicious lesion is common screening method to diagnose many cancers. In particular, fine needles aspiration (FNA) techniques are used daily as a minimally invasive procedure to remove a small piece of tissue from a lung lesion. After removed by an interventional radiologist, a cytopathologist performs a variety of staining methods on the tissue and evaluates the cell composition using a microscope. Besides defining if the lesion has cancer cells or not, the cytopathologist strives to characterize the cancer type, as this information can affect the treatment options. Although used for over a hundred years, the results depend on the doctor’s skills in det...

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